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Michelle Wie 
 
Michelle Wie is back!
Monday, August 3, 2009
By Joe Logan

As somebody who has hammered Michelle Wie with criticism over the past couple of years, let me be the first to say, "Welcome back, Wie."

 

Did you see that U.S. Solheim Cup captain Beth Daniel made Wie, who is still only 19, as one of her two captain’s picks for the upcoming match against Europe? (The other pick was eight-time Cup veteran Juli Inkster.)

 

And did you see and hear young Wie when they handed her the microphone at the press conference?

 

"I am so honored and so thrilled," she said. "I'm just so excited to be wearing this jacket and this hat and to be representing my country; it's such a thrill for me. I'm just so honored and so thankful that Beth picked me and I'll do my best not to let her down."

 

She was so...poised, so...grown-up, so...likeable.

 

Gone was the sullen attitude Wie had shown in recent years, replaced by a new reality-based view of herself and the world around her.  Can it be only a year or so ago that  Wie was careening from one bad decision to another?

 

Nothing she did seemed to be wise or right back then: playing injured, firing caddies or agents, making yet another ill-advised and failed attempt to play against the me in a PGA Tour event.  It was beginning to look like the erstwhile promising young phenom from Hawaii was going to implode or, more likely, simply fade into well-deserved obscurity.

 

But something happened once she got to Stanford.  Maybe it was because she was a little older, a little wiser – or maybe she discovered life not being under the thumb of her domineering parents.  Wie began to blossom, or blossom once again. You never see or hear about her parents these days.  She seems to have taken control of her own young life and, frankly, her life and career appear to be on an upward trajectory.

 

Now, having earned her way onto the LPGA tour via Q-school, Wie is a rookie in good standing.  She still hasn’t won a tournament since the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, when she was 13, but victory will come sooner rather than later.  So far this year, she has five top 10 finishes in 13 tournaments and ranks 17th on the LPGA money list.

 

If she didn’t earn one of the 10 Solheim Cup spots on points, it was only because she ran out of time.  Wie was 13th on the points list, an impressive feat considering she did that in only one year.  Everybody ahead of her earned their points over two years; if they had gone by only this year’s points, Wie would have ranked 6th and made the team on her own for the Cup, set for Aug. 21-23 at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago.

 

The bottom line is that the Michelle Wie we all rooted for several years ago looks like she’s back.  Good.  Here’s hoping she does well in the Solheim Cup, gains a ton of confidence and truly sets her young career on the fast track once again.

 


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St. Andrews 
Welcome to MyPhillyGolf.com
Friday, July 3, 2009
By Joe Logan

The idea for this site has been kicking around in the back of my mind for more than a year, since before I left The Philadelphia Inquirer in September 2008.  I had hoped to launch it early in the golf season, in March or April; so much for my timing.  To do it the way I wanted – to do it right – took longer than I expected.

 

The key was finding the right business partner, who I found in Craig Ammerman, golf man, former newspaper editor, entrepreneur, CEO.  (For more on Craig, click on "About  Us" on the Home page menu bar.) Next, we had to come up with designers who could bring to life the website I saw in my head.

 

Now, we’re up and running, but I hope you’ll bear with us in the early going. I’m still learning how to fly this state-of-the-art baby.  Every time I open the back end, I’m as awed as a rookie pilot sliding into the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat.

 

Our goal for MyPhillyGolf is simple in concept, difficult in execution.  Here, in one of the great golf cities and regions in the country, we want to become the single most dominant source of golf news, views, information, conversation, debate, course and equipment reviews and tips from pros.  We want to come as close as we can to one-stop shopping, regardless of whether you’re a daily fee golfer or a member of a private club.

 

We obviously have our own ideas about what myphillygolf.com should be, as you can see. We’re born but not yet fully developed. Some features are still to come; more on those as we implement them. No doubt there are also good ideas that haven’t occurred to us.  If you’ve got a suggestion, please let me hear it at joelogan@myphillygolf.com or Craig at craigammerman@myphillygolf.com.

 

In the meantime, we can surely use your help in spreading the word.  Please bookmark MyPhillyGolf.com, add it to your list of favorites, then check in every day to see what’s new.  And help us spread the word throughout the golf community. 

 

Thanks.  It’s good to be back.

 

                                                                                    Joe Logan

                                                                                    July 2009


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